Emptea Bowls returns to raise money for food security


Emptea Bowls, the primary fundraiser for the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden Apprentice Program, incorporates pottery, tea, and live music.

Dobra Tea House in Black Mountain will host the event from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. Everyone is invited to select a tea bowl (handmade by local potters) and enjoy a few cups of tea while learning a bit about what their donations support. Participants keep their tea bowl as a reminder of the empty bowls in the world and in their community.

The apprenticeship program allows people of all ages to spend at least four hours each week learning to grow food while helping sustain the produce donation programs in the community garden.

“Apprentices make our donation programs possible, and carry what they’ve learned out into the world to address hunger in every community,” said Diana McCall, the garden’s manager.

As part of the event participants will hear a bit about the apprentice experience and the work of the garden. The Old-Time String Band from Warren Wilson College will provide live music. Tea bowls will be provided by garden apprentice Julia Michael, a Warren Wilson College student. Additional bowls are being donated by local potters and are being accepted until the week of the event.

Emptea Bowls is based on the Empty Bowls model of bringing together local artists and participants to combat hunger through a simple meal.

“At Emptea Bowls people still select a handmade bowl, but it is a tea bowl, and they enjoy a simple time of tea and fellowship,” McCall said. Herbal tea will be provided by Dobra Tea House. Snacks and a vegetarian, gluten-free dinner will be available for purchase.

Tickets, $20, may be purchased at the event Dobra, 120 Broadway St. Student tickets are $15.